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As was common in the early twentieth century, the artist sought inspiration in traveling to exotic countries. Since Jan Ciaglinski lived mainly in St. Petersburg, a city characterized by a monochromatic landscape and little light, it becomes obvious why the artist travelled to sunny climes. In 1901, Jan Ciaglinski traveled through northern Italy, visited Verona, Lugano, and Lake Garda with its surroundings. Historically, writers, artists and architects have always longed for Italy as a country full of art. Here they continued their education, sought inspiration, drew emotions, which were embodied in new works. Lake Garda seems almost like a sea surrounded by the Alps and the Padan Plain. It is surrounded by palm trees, oleanders, olive trees and vineyards, and its waters wash as many as three regions of Italy, namely Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige, and Veneto. In its vicinity, there are many picturesque "borgos", that is small towns, coastal promenades, harbors, large cities full of life, parks, and nature reserves. Nearby is Verona, one of the most romantic cities in the world, sonneted by the great Shakespeare. The city of Lugano on the shores of the lake of the same name in the Italian canton of Switzerland was also of great importance in the artist’s life. Swiss Monte Carlo, the pearl of Lake Lugano, Rio de Janeiro of the Old World – whatever epithets were not given to that city. Its promenade is no less famous than the Cannes Croisette.